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Nov 14, 2012

Death is a part of life and family is forever!

 After 10 weeks of email updates about the daily ups and downs of my grandpa's battle with his health he left his earthly body and went to be with Jesus. It was a Sunday morning and the nurse came to check on him. He was breathing calmly which she thought was odd considering his ongoing struggle to breath with a feeding tube. She left to check something out, came back in and he had passed. I quickly decided that going to say good-bye (for now) was something I just needed to do. So I drove 13 hours alone to Minnesota to say good-bye, cry, see my family, and think. There's only so many things a person can say when they lose someone they love, I think it's just something that needs to be resolved in our own hearts.

But I'd like to take a moment out of my crazy life to share my intimate resolve. Here's one thing I know about the man I called Grandpa. God used him in a invaluable way to plant a little seed inside me that eventually led me to Christ. You see I believe that as we walk along the path of life, God uses people to plant seeds of faith inside us that God uses to pull on our heart strings. Then other people come along a cultivate those seeds. And eventually we grow into a plant that requires pruning, water, and sunlight. But its those seeds that started the process. It may have happened as little kids in our Sunday school class or our college years when someone invited you to a Bible study. My grandpa planted a seed inside me when I heard him pray over dinner and I've never been the same since. It was the way he spoke so openly and honest as if Jesus was sitting right next to him and he knew he heard every word. So thanks Grandpa, I'm forever grateful for your faith!

Grace to You,

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